Toyota Verso MPV 2009 - 2012 review - CarBuyer
The Toyota Verso is a compact 5-or 7-seater front-wheel-drive C-class minivan. It was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009 as a receiver for the Toyota Corolla Verso. From this time on, the model began to be considered independent and freed itself from the previous consoles Corolla, Yaris and Avensis.
Compared to the Corolla, the Toyota Verso 2009 slightly increased in size (gained a couple of centimeters in each direction), which significantly added to it free space, and therefore comfort. The length of the Toyota Verso - 4440 mm, width - 1790, height - 1620; wheelbase - 2780 mm. Five adults and two children, taking with them everything they need, can feel comfortable. When fully seated in places, the capacity of the trunk of a 7-seater minivan is only 155 liters, whereas when the rear seats are folded, the loading space increases to a substantial 1,645 liters. At the 5-seater trunk, of course, more spacious: from 440 to 1690 liters.
With the unique Easy Flat-7 system, 5 rear seats can be folded in a matter of seconds in a compact manner. This system allows for about 32 different actions inside the car (up to a change in the glove box volume). The adjustment range of the middle row of seats reaches 195 mm, with all three chairs moving independently of each other. All passengers of the car is provided with the widest viewing angle. Especially for parents, the car has a "parent" mirror for observing children on the road. Warm, sound and noise insulation of the Toyota Verso is made at a high level, and provide high comfort to the driver and passengers.
In the Russian market, the model was offered in a configuration with 1.6 and 1.8-liter gasoline engines (both are 4-cylinder) with a capacity of 132 and 147 hp. respectively. Both engines are equipped with a Valvematic valve mechanism, with both a 6-speed manual gearbox is aggregated, and with the latest engine also a Multidrive-S variator, which has the ability to manually shift the virtual gears. In Europe, diesel engines are still offered: 2.0 and 2.2 liter, with a capacity of 126 and 177 hp. respectively.
In the suspension time-tested scheme: McPherson strut front and H-shaped rear beam. All wheel brakes are disc, front - ventilated.
Four equipment levels: Comfort, Comfort Plus, Elegance, Prestige. The big plus is that even the basic (standard) equipment of the Toyota Verso includes active head restraints on each seat and airbags for all passengers without exception, and for the driver also a special knee airbag.
It is noteworthy that in 2010, according to Euro NCAP, this car was recognized as the safest compact van. On guard of safety 9 airbags, systems ABS, EBD, BA, VSC, TRC, HAC.
Updated Toyota Verso presented at the Paris Motor Show in the fall of 2012. As a result of fundamental changes and improvements, more than 470 parts of the car have undergone renovation, of which about 60% belong to the interior and exterior, and 40% to comfort, driving performance and sound insulation.
The appearance of the car has become much brighter. The first thing that attracts attention in the updated Verso is the big changes in the design of the front and rear bumper (with built-in diffuser). The radiator grille now consists of two parts: the upper one connects the headlights with a thin line, while the lower one forms an impressive size “mouth” embedded in the front bumper. The corporate logo became larger and shifted down, the front lights sharpened and replenished with a section of daytime running lights made on LEDs.
The car turned out in a sporty fit with sharp outlines. Note that the creators of the updated Verso call its appearance two-zone. This means that the side of the side stamping, starting at the front bumper and passing along the lower part of the front doors, and the area of the rear doors soaring abruptly towards the roof, visually divides the car into two very unequal parts. The drag coefficient is noticeably improved and now it is only 0.295.
Updated Verso increased in length by 70 mm, and in width - by 20 mm. This increase went mainly to passengers of the second row, in which the distance to the front row increased by 50 mm.
The main thing in the cabin is its high practicality, and the main merit in this belongs to the company's Easy Flex interior transformation system, which allows you to raise the desired configuration of 32 possible inside the cabin by raising or lowering the seat backs in a matter of seconds. Depending on this amount of luggage will vary from 155 to 982 liters. And if you need to carry large items by folding the seats of the back rows, you can create a loading platform 157 mm long and 143 cm wide. The cabin is generally distinguished by a sense of spaciousness.
The overall style of the salon has remained the same, but the quality of finishing materials has become much better. The updated Verso uses a more pleasant and soft-touch plastic. Silver inserts were added, the color palette of leather and fabric upholstery was updated, the steering wheel, doors and armrest are covered with high-quality Nappa leather. Located in the center of the salon sports dashboard has a white backlight and new graphics. Inside a lot of glove compartments, pockets, compartments for small things. Glove box - "two-tiered", with the top - with cooling. As an option, you can purchase a panoramic roof.
Ergonomics of the driver's seat at a height: the gearshift lever is located on an elevation and is exactly under the driver's hand, the instrument cluster is turned towards the driver, and the multifunctional steering wheel with control buttons has the optimum thickness. No problems with visibility, which provides a large glass area and wide exterior mirrors.
For Russian car enthusiasts, the Toyota Verso is equipped with both diesel and gasoline engines with reduced fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. The model range includes: two petrol engines of 1.6 liters (132 liters. Pp.) And 1.8 liters (147 liters. Pp.), As well as three diesel engines of 2.0 liters (126 ps.) and 2.2 liters (150 and 177 hp.). Petrol engines are equipped with Valvematic's proprietary variable valve timing system, which regulates the duration and height of the intake valve opening. The power units are paired with two types of transmission: 6-speed manual gearbox or CVT.
The list of equipment is also impressive: seven airbags, including side curtains and a stabilization system already in the basic configuration. Wheels - from 16 inches. The buyer can order a separate climate control, rain sensor, navigation, 10 GB storage device, leather steering wheel, heated seats, floor lighting with open doors, "night lights" in the side mirror housing, panoramic roof, rear-view camera. In the version without navigation screen, the image from the rear view camera will be displayed on the monitor mounted in the driver's mirror.
Significantly increased the level of multimedia capabilities of the car. The buyer is offered two levels. The first level - the Toyota Touch system with a 6.1-inch color touch-screen display includes a radio with a CD / MP3 player, Bluetooth and a USB port for connecting portable players and a rear-view camera. Level Two - Toyota Touch System & Go, which offers a navigation system with various applications that allows you to get useful information: weather, parking, traffic, refueling, etc. In addition, you can connect to the Internet and view SMS, emails, calendars, etc.
Summing up, it is safe to say that the car has become noticeably better than its predecessor: appearance has become more stylish, the interior is larger, more modern optics have appeared, maneuverability has increased, controllability has improved, the list of equipment has dramatically expanded.